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Council eyes new home in £5m civic building
3:00pm Friday 8th March 2013 in News
BICESTER Town Council could find a new home in a planned £5m civic building in the town centre.
Proposals have been put forward to move from Garth House into new building, which would be owned by Cherwell District Council.
Councillors have agreed to investigate the idea further. The district council has set aside £3.2m in next financial year and another £1.8m the year after that, to pay for the development. No plans have been submitted yet, but it would be constructed over Franklin’s Yard car park.
Cherwell previously said work on the civic building would start once phase one of the town centre redevelopment, a Sainsbury’s supermarket, cinema and shops, was complete this summer.
The civic building will house the district council and a new library, and three retail units.
Norman Bolster, Cherwell’s lead member for estates and the economy, said: “The plan is still to start as soon as we get Franklin’s Yard car park back from Sainsbury’s.”
A report for town councillors about Garth House claims that the current base is not fit for purpose.